Cantel names president of dental unit, SVP for infection prevention, control

Cantel Medical Corp. announced a pair of executive changes this week.

The Little Falls-based company said Andy Xilas has been named president of the Cantel Dental unit, effective Jan. 1. In addition, Jennifer Naylor has been named to the new role of senior vice president, infection prevention and control strategy and education, for Cantel.

Both Xilas and Naylor joined Cantel in 2019 as part of its acquisition of Hu-Friedy and will now be part of the company’s executive leadership team. Xilas had been with Hu-Friedy for 33 years, most recently leading the instruments business. Naylor had spent 19 years with Hu-Friedy, most recently as chief commercial officer.

“I would like to congratulate both Andy and Jennifer on their appointments,” CEO George Fotiades said in a prepared statement. “I am confident, given Andy’s industry expertise and Jennifer’s unique (infection prevention and control) skillset, they will leverage their expertise to accelerate the next phase of Cantel’s development.”

Xilas replaces Ken Serota, who is stepping down, effective Dec. 31.

“I want to thank Ken for his leadership and significant contributions to the company,” Fotiades said. “Ken was instrumental in the process that brought together the Hu-Friedy Co. and Crosstex under the Cantel umbrella, as well as helping build and secure Hu-Friedy Group’s premier industry position. In particular, Ken’s support has been invaluable in helping us successfully navigate the challenges of the pandemic.”